LB Photo Realistic Minecraft HD Texture Pack (64 x 64) (128 x 128) (256 x 256)

HD Minecraft texture packs are immensely popular for one reason: people want their Minecraft world to look as realistic as possible. There are other reasons too, but I like to live in a black and white world where diverse opinions and motivations can be summed up in one simple sentence, thus enabling me to move on with my description and review of this self proclaimed photo realistic HD Minecraft texture pack.

The first thing you’ll notice about LB’s HD texture pack is that is is available in several HD resolutions. Ideally you should use the 256 version if you’re looking for real photo realism, but this isn’t an ideal world and the 256 version might cause your computer’s face to melt off. If that’s the case, then you can use the 64 version, which incorporates many elements from Misa’s HD Texture Pack.

I should mention that I’m not usually a fan of the photo realistic HD texture packs. They tend to make Minecraft look somehow more fake than ever. That’s mostly because many of the original ‘HD texture packs’ were ripped from Google Images and felt all kinds of hinky. HD textures have come a long way since those early days and are now certainly worth a look.

I installed the 256 version of this texture pack, and found that it worked, though it did slow down start up considerably. I did still get a fairly respectable 85 fps however, which one should hardly sneer and shake a rotten stick at. Something was up with the grass, which looked weird, but the creator does say that one should install Better Grass, which I didn’t have installed at the time, so that might have been the reason for that.

Bricks were awesome. I’ve always liked the idea of building with brick, but bricks usually look wildly gaudy and out of place in most Minecraft texture packs (including the default). Bricks are one element of this texture pack that I feel are done really well. I also like glass, which is very slick and modern looking, being entirely clear with a black frame. Basically what I’m really saying is that if you’ve been trying to design a New York loft for ages, this is the texture pack to do it with.

I’m going to have a gripe about the wooden plank textures, not because they’re specifically bad in this pack, but because this HD texture pack handles them in the way so many others do – making them look gritty, as if they were hewn by a rough woodsman with an addiction to something scarce. I just don’t understand why we can’t have nice clean looking HD floorboards, that’s all. Is a little bit of sandpaper and varnish too much to ask?

Water effects are gorgeous up close, but from a distance look like a bunch of pixels punching each other in their pixel arms. Wood is awesome, with real rings, so you’re keenly aware that every tree in your Minecraft world is approximately 50 years old.

This texture pack has all the drawbacks of photo realistic texture packs, some textures are markedly better than others, some work better up close than they do at a distance and some will rock your world. It’s not the best HD texture pack I’ve ever tried, but it could be a lot worse.

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After the 1.6 update a lot of people with relatively low memory (2 GB being the absolute minimum you need to run Minecraft these days) started having trouble with HD texture packs causing crashes. If you can’t get a 256 x or a 128 x to run anymore, go to a 64 x or upgrade your RAM. Yes, there’s a fix in the comments for allocating more RAM to Minecraft, but that only works if you have the RAM to allocate.



11 thoughts on “LB Photo Realistic Minecraft HD Texture Pack (64 x 64) (128 x 128) (256 x 256)

  1. spencer

    when I downloaded the LB photo real pack, it crashed my minecraft game, and now it wont open.

  2. Countryboyaj

    @Spencer, I had the EXACT same problem as you did. You MUST install the HD patcher in order for this to work on your computer. If you don’t wish to install it, then you must simply go to run/%appdata%/.minecraft/texturepacks/lbsphotorealisme texture pack and remove it from the folder (I would recommend deleting it). After that, your game will work again 🙂 Hope i could help!

  3. Eric D.

    actually if you really want the texture pack to work and you are using the mcloader allocate more ram to java. open start menu click on search for programs, type java
    there should only be one version here, if you have multiple versions this could cause problems. Open it, click on the Java tab then view, Under Runtime parameters for Applets input this line ( -Xmcac – Xmx1000m) now the number can change and basically what your doing is raising the upper limit of memory that java can access. Or “increasing javas heap size”. There are many other tutorials on the web that show or explain this process better than this, even videos on youtube. This worked for me and now I am running the highest quality LB photo realistic Texture pack and it looks great.
    Good Luck

  4. minecrafthope Post author

    This only works sometimes, and by sometimes, I mean this has never worked for me. Not even once. Apparently it works for some, but it will only work if there really is more RAM to allocate.

  5. minecrafthope Post author

    First, make sure LB Photo Realism is removed from your texture pack folder.

    Then open your Minecraft client. Click ‘options’ then ‘force update’. That will fix your problem.

    In future, you need to use the HD Patcher, but remember, not all computers can handle super hi-res textures. If your game crashes repeatedly whilst trying to use 256x texture packs, you probably don’t have the RAM to run them.

  6. pacairwin

    I have a solution to all of your problems DON’T DOWNLOAD THIS!!!!
    if its done this to all your systems than don’t download this it looks nice but it will wreck minecraft so don’t dowload it!!!!!

  7. minecrafthope Post author

    It’s been said many times that HD texture packs cause memory issues, especially 128x and 256x ones. OptiFIne, which I review here, may help with that, but yes, at the end of the day, if you don’t have a computer capable of running the super HD texture packs, stick with the 64x versions.

  8. darthwader

    my computer runs x256 at 20 fps and x128 at 40 but without fancy and at normal distance

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